• Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Mar 28, 2006
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. The scenarios he recounts are as detailed and off-the-wall as ever, elaborate screenplays laid out with a vocal style that's ceaselessly fluid and never abrasive.
  2. This is his best since [Supreme Clientele].
  3. Billboard
    90
    Overall, "Fishscale" is strong, with archetypal beats creating the definitive Ghost. [1 Apr 2006]
  4. Blender
    80
    Strange, spooky and brilliant. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  5. It isn’t the street rap of Ironman, it isn’t an exercise in abstract lyricism akin to Supreme Clientele, or the partially-focused and repeatedly disappointing Bulletproof Wallets. Regardless of that, the album captures exactly that Ghostface Killah is and has been over his past four records.
  6. Ghost is at the top of his game, both in terms of flow and lyrical luminosity.
  7. "Fishscale" is a purist's delight, an album seemingly crafted solely for those who've been chasing his maverick tail for the past decade.
  8. I'd be surprised if anybody, in any field, drops something this potent in the next nine months.
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    He may not be reinventing himself, but as a must-hear street storyteller, he's still at the top of his game. [31 Mar 2006, p.64]
  10. Los Angeles Times
    88
    Will certainly stand as one of the best rap albums of the year. [26 Mar 2006]
  11. This will most likely be the best hip-hop album of the year as well as a contender for best overall album of the year.
  12. Mojo
    80
    Delivers a top-grade high. [Jun 2006, p.104]
  13. This is Ghostface's best album.
  14. Ghostface is in typically brutal form.
  15. Fishscale reiterates with cinematic verve that the most vital current Wu Tang Clan member's storytelling can match Biggie's in both excitement and humor. Yet Ghost's songs are unrelenting in their slavishness to density and credibility, and that can turn off casual listeners even as it intoxicates hip-hop purists.
  16. Fishscale owes a large part of its success to Ghostface’s vivid storytelling.
  17. Another great release from the most important emcee in hip-hop.
  18. Q Magazine
    90
    He remains rap's finest storyteller. [Jun 2006, p.115]
  19. Ghost continues his tradition of being the Wu's most consistant soloist.
  20. Ghostface's emotionally charged stream-of-consciousness flow is as off-the-wall and amazing as it's ever been.
  21. On balance, Fishscale earns its street-cred stripes and adds another worthy release to the Great Wu-Tang Best Solo Effort debate.
  22. 91
    Toning down his oddball style and ramping up his storytelling, he drops a pusher’s odyssey as developed and cinematic as any Scorsese joint.
  23. Fishscale intermingles skewed narratives, expert guest choices, exquisitely conflicting production, and a concept and focus—the drug trade is the near exclusive subject mater—that, while somewhat reductive in scope, sharpens the album into an immense, furious, and focused album.
  24. Sure, Fishscale has its share of pointless skits. But that's what the fast-forward button is for, just as the play button seems to have been designed specifically to let people listen to Fishscale over and over again.
  25. The New York Times
    80
    This album doesn't match the weird, woozy brilliance of "Supreme Clientele," from 2000, and there are a few too many guest verses from rappers who don't come close to upstaging their host. Still, this might surpass his 2004 CD, "The Pretty Toney Album," though it's too early to tell: when you get a new Ghostface Killah album, the only reasonable reaction is to get lost in it. [27 Mar 2006]
  26. Uncut
    80
    A couple of missteps aside, this is Ghost's best since that '96 debut, Ironman. [Jun 2006, p.102]
  27. Urb
    80
    Frankly, this record makes me wish I could snort bass lines through my ear holes. [Apr 2006, p.84]
  28. Vibe
    80
    The sample-heavy results are cohesive yet diverse, a proper canvas for Ghost's finest effort since Supreme Clientele. [Apr 2006, p.151]
  29. Ghost's Fishscale is the most creative album to come out of New York hiphop since his own 2000 Supreme Clientele.
  30. The stories are as vivid, brutal, and thought-out as any noir.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 104
  2. Negative: 5 out of 104
  1. DaveNobody
    May 1, 2006
    9
    I understand a couple of tracks had to be added to sell records, but even they are better than most of this Nelly and Chamillionaire crap I understand a couple of tracks had to be added to sell records, but even they are better than most of this Nelly and Chamillionaire crap that folks are passing off as Hip-Hop these days Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2016
    10
    this album was pretty dope. Ghostface is one of the few lyricists of the wu tang clan aside from GZA that puts out some dope stuff. Ghostfacethis album was pretty dope. Ghostface is one of the few lyricists of the wu tang clan aside from GZA that puts out some dope stuff. Ghostface has always had an hear for production choosing dope producers to work with and working along side hardcore lyricists that rap just as good as him. people can say what they want. but this is just as dope as his past works. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2014
    10
    Cinematic classic. That's all you need to know about this album. Wow is this ever an epic album both in length and quality. It's one ofCinematic classic. That's all you need to know about this album. Wow is this ever an epic album both in length and quality. It's one of those rare albums that takes many listens to understand and being to enjoy but once you understand it you never ever go back. Full Review »